Winter Faire Preparations Are Well Underway

Tuesday, October 29

Join us for another AM Planning meeting!
Right after drop-off, at the benches
All are welcome


Vendor Applications for the 2019 Winter Faire are still open! 

Fill out the vendor application to reserve your spot today

2019 Vendor Fees: $35 for a single vendor at one booth; $45 for two vendors at one booth

For questions about being a vendor, please email us at

Oct 12th – Garden Work Day Cancelled

The Garden Work day scheduled for October 12th has been cancelled due to Fall Break.

Please join us in the garden on the following dates instead:
Tuesday mornings (8:15am when school is in session)
Thursday’s afternoons (3:30pm when school is in session)
November’s Garden Work Day (7:00am)

October 19th for a Special Garden Event: Humble Hive (12:00 noon)

Volunteer Opportunities with the NEW lunch program!

Sort and serve healthy lunches for our hungry students and staff

CONTACT PARENT COUNCIL  or signup on ParentSquare to volunteer

Parent Council has put in the work to get Lunchkins set up at Desert Marigold, has streamlined the process, and is ready to bring on more volunteers!

Quick Info:
In general, volunteers would be working from about 11am to 1pm.
Lunchkins arrives in the front office between 11:15 and 11:30 each day
Volunteers sign for the delivery, arrange the sorting bags, label meals, and sort the meals into bags by class
Deliveries are made to HS, Nap Care and lower grades. Upper grades come to the office to pick theirs up. On a normal day, with a single volunteer working, everything is done by 12:45pm.
It is a simple task that only requires one person each day

Volunteers receive a 5% discount on their personal Lunchkins orders!

* There is some walking around campus, bending, lifting, and a little bit of waiting around for lunch periods to start, once you get the hang of things. Instructions and training will be provided for all interested persons

CONTACT PARENT COUNCIL or signup on ParentSquare to volunteer

With gratitude,
Parent Council

ParentSquare Competition

Recruit your class to ParentSquare!

 ALL DMS parents need to join us on ParentSquare

It’s time for a friendly competition!

The first class to have 100% parent registration on ParentSqaure will win an icy treat for the kids!
Remember! ParentSquare is replacing class email lists, class websites, Galaxy Digital, and the emergency text system so everyone needs to create their account to stay in the know! Check your email for your invitation of CLICK HERE to request a new one
If you need assistance setting up your ParentSquare account, CLICK HERE
* This graph will be updated each night and can also be seen on ParentSquare*​​

Parent Handwork

Parent Handwork is returning again this school year

Many thanks to our generous hostess, Nina Prange!

Join the Parent Handwork Facebook Group for the latest updates

Parent Handwork is a parent run group that meets to learn and share handwork skills together. Creations made in Parent Handwork are sold at the Parent Handwork booth at Winter Faire. Community members also have the option of purchasing supplies from the parent handwork group to create for their own use.

Parent Handwork begins Friday, August 30th

and continues every
8:30am – 11:45am

At Nina’s house
(32nd St & Vineyard)
for the exact address


Enjoy the company of other parents as we flex our creative muscles. Normally there is no formal teaching at parent handwork, but many who are willing to lend a hand to those who are just beginning.

*FREE to join*
*All materials and tools are supplied*

*Nursing babies in arms/carriers only*

School Lunches

Lunchkins is bringing healthful meals to Desert Marigold!

All Natural. Non-GMO. Organic.

To Sign-Up:

1. Visit:
2. Register your account
4. Add your children ¹ ²
4. Use School Code: XABE9460

* All new registrants receive a 10% discount of the entire FIRST order in
a single shopping cart.
* Please email or call (480) 445-9143 with any questions about the Lunchkins service or website

Please note that the “snack” option on the menu is served with lunch, not during snack time

Lunch time volunteers can receive a discount on all of their Lunchkins orders!
CLICK HERE to Contact Parent Council if you’re interested in volunteering
Must have a fingerprint clearance card

¹ All teachers & staff members should refer to the instructions sent via email to staff concerning the staff discount and ordering lunches for themselves

² For families with multiple children at different Lunckins schools: Login to your current account and add each child using their school’s unique registration code (DMS’ code is XABE9460). Each account can have students at up to 6 separate schools!

Garden Work Day – July 13, 2019

Want to get started on your volunteer hours for the 2019-2020 school year? Want to make sure the garden looks beautiful for the children when they return in just a few short weeks?

Then, please come to our “Second Saturday Garden Work Day” this Saturday July 13th.  The gates will open at 6 a.m., so please come early to enjoy the cool morning. The workday runs from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Our garden is a vital part of the community of Desert Marigold.  Without the support of the community, our kids will not be able to fully enjoy and take advantage of what the garden has to offer. This is where parents, grandparents, caregivers and community members come in. There are projects available for all skill levels. All hands are welcome and needed!

All children must be supervised and remain in the garden area or the Grades 1-4 playground to keep the children safe and to protect our school grounds.Projects planned for this Saturday: trimming palo verde trees and clearing out and planting flowers in the raised beds to welcome the children in August. The garden has room for all hands and hearts. There are always projects with wool and seed pods for little hands and for those who desire soft work. It will be hot, so please remember to bring water, sun hats, and sunscreen!  Please bring snacks for your family or something to share!  For tree trimming, you may prefer to wear clothing that will protect you from scratches (long sleeves, leather gloves etc.)

Your time and energy in the garden is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Galaxy Digital Volunteer System

Dear DMS Community,

Thank you for your all of your time and dedication to our school. DMS is very fortunate to have such a truly wonderful community! We recognize that it has been challenging to navigate a new system by which we are able to track volunteer hours and we appreciate your commitment to learning how to use Galaxy. That said, we are here to help! Please review and save the information and resources provided below and contact Laura Heaney if you need further assistance.

The New Volunteer System – Galaxy Digital
Volunteers are a true gift to our school, not only by the work they do, but by the hours they log. Properly logged volunteer hours mean our school has the opportunity to get more funds into the classroom!

If you need any help with the new system, do not hesitate to contact Laura via the forms on the Galaxy Digital website HERE, or by emailing

VISIT THE NEW HELP SECTION HERE to get all of your questions answered! An account with Galaxy Digital is not required to view these help pages. You can learn about:


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Still Need More Help?


Use the General Contact Form to:

  • Get in person or over the phone help/tutorials
  • Request more or different access to the system
  • Get any other help you may need

Contact information:


ASU Sustainability Students & DMS Volunteers – Build Bat Boxes Nov 19

Join ASU Sustainability Students and DMS Community Volunteers on Monday November 19th! Starting after school, we will have different stations where you can work on building a home for bats in our natural habitat pond area.

This day is designed to promote Sustainability, Conservation, and Happiness for future classes at Desert Marigold School.

All volunteers are welcome, Monday November 19th at 3:30pm.

Arizona State University’s Sustainability students thank you and are looking forward to a fun and fulfilling day!

For the latest updates on how DMS is approaching the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please see our COVID-19 UPDATES PAGE